16-18 September 2019: Droplets 2019 meeting
8-18 July 2019: CCP5 Simulation Summer School
13 June 2019: Seminar by Dr Elsen Tjhung
1pm, Ogden Centre West, room 017
Dr Elsen Tjhung, from the group of Prof. Mike Cates in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge, will be visiting from 10 to 14 June, hosted by Prof. Suzanne Fielding. He will speak about his work on liquid crystals:
Rheology and Phases of Polar Liquid Crystals
The usual nematic phase in liquid crystals is formed by rod-shaped molecules. However many liquid crystalline-forming molecules in nature are not straight. For instance, one can imagine banana-shaped and pizza-slice-shaped molecules. In this case, they form polar (or modulating polar) phase instead of nematic. In this talk, I will discuss these various phases. Finally, I will study the rheology of polar liquid crystals. Under weak shear flow, the transition from isotropic to polar is continuous (or second order) but under strong shear flow, the transition becomes discontinuous (or first order).
Friday 24 May 2019: Internal Minisymposium
2pm in CG60 (cake and drinks available from 1:30pm outside CG60)
This short afternoon symposium will feature a cross-section of research from areas covered in the Centre. Come along to find out about activities beyond your own area of Soft Matter. Thanks to sponsorship from NEPA, we are able to offer cake and tea before the talks.
3:00pm: Dr John Bothwell (Biosciences): Visualising vesicles in vacuoles, or how lipids move around in seaweed cells
After the talks, members are welcome to stay for a short discussion on the format, scope and frequency of future inter-group meetings in the Centre.
8 April 2019: UK Fluids Network Early Career Researcher Event
29 March 2019: Seminar by Dr Roland Knorr
Department of Physics, James Knott Room (PH132), 10am
Fluido-phagy: Intracellular wetting regulates autophagy of phase separated condensates and the cytosol
Dr Roland Knorr (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam)
Phase separation generates functional, subcellular condensates with fluid-like properties. The mechanisms that degrade fluid phases in cells, however, are not fully understood. Clearance of condensates involves autophagy, a conserved pathway in which membrane sheets isolate portions of the cytosol to form autophagosomes, which then fuse with lysosomes for cargo breakdown. Here, we studied the assembly of autophagic membranes at fluid interfaces in both living and synthetic cells. A minimal physical model shows that interfacial tension determines whether isolation membranes will sequester the condensate entirely, or will prematurely close and degrade the condensate in a piece-meal fashion. In the latter case, curvature-inducing proteins confer a regulatory switch that associates isolation membranes with condensates, however, without degrading them. Thus, condensates persist and serve as a platform to assemble cytosol-degrading autophagosomes repeatedly. Our findings suggest that the autophagic breakdown of fluids—fluidophagy—is a wetting phenomenon, which is controlled by elasto-capillary feedback between the phase-separated condensate and the isolating membrane.
20 March 2019: Seminar by Dr Rhoda Hawkins
Modelling mechanics of the cell nucleus
Dr Rhoda Hawkins (University of Sheffield)
5 December 2018: Mini-Symposium and General Meeting
1pm in the Bransden Room, Department of Physics. All welcome.
12-13 September 2018: Workshop on modelling of wetting
The UK Fluid Network is holding a two-day workshop entitled Multiscale Modelling of Wetting Phenomena in the Hogan Lovells theatre of the Palatine Centre, co-organised by Halim Kusumaatmaja (Durham University), Rodrigo Ledesma-Aguilar (Northumbria University) and Ciro Semprebon (Northumbria University).
Please see the meeting's own web site for the programme of speakers and further details.
29 May 2018: Farewell Symposium for Prof. Tom McLeish, FRS
Department of Physics (PH30). Please follow this link to see the programme and to register for the event.
25 April 2018: Seminar by Prof. Paul van der Schoot
Professor Paul van der Schoot will be visiting from Eindhoven University of Technology. He will give a seminar at 1pm in PH30 on Wednesday 25 April. If you would like an individual slot to speak to Paul on the afternoon of Tuesday 24th or morning of Wednesday 25th, please contact Mark Miller.
Carbon Nanotube-Based Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Microdroplets in Bulk and on Solid Surfaces
25 October 2017: One-Day Workshop on Droplet Coalescence
Kenworthy Hall, St. Mary’s College, Durham University.
In this workshop we will have short talks from both academics and industrial representatives, which will hopefully stimulate the afternoon discussion session aiming to explore academic-industry opportunities in this research area.
|09:30-10:00||Registration and refreshments (posters can be mounted during registration)|
|10:45-11:15||Martin Sommerfeld (Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
|11:15-11:30||Stephen Yeates (University of Manchester)|
|11:30-11:45||Bryan Bzdek (University of Bristol)|
|11:45-12:00||Halim Kusumaatmaja (Durham University)|
|12:00-13:30||Networking lunch and posters|
|13:30-14:00||Stefan Karpitschka (MPI-DS, Göttingen)|
|14:00-14:15||Alfonso Castrejon-Pita (University of Oxford)|
|14:15-14:30||Mark Wilson (University of Leeds)|
|14:30-14:45||Alice Thompson (University of Manchester)|
|14:45-15:00||Stephen Wilson (University of Strathclyde)|
|16:15-16:30||Summary and future activities|
There is no charge for this workshop. However, if you plan to attend and/or if you intend to bring a poster - PhD students and postdocs are particularly encouraged - please let Jim Fraser (email@example.com) know.
13-15 September 2017: Nanofluidics in Biological Systems Workshop
This Joint PoLNet2 & Durham BSI Workshop will bring together people from biological/physiological background and physicists/engineers to discuss challenges and opportunities, both in terms of the fundamental scientific questions, and strategies/methods to answer them. The workshop will focus on systems where unusual biophysics takes place, often beyond existing theories e.g. aquaporins, fluid dynamics at biointerfaces and biolubircation between rubbing membranes.
6-8th September 2017: External Event - 2nd Edwards Symposium. Challenges and Opportunities in Soft Matter
University of Cambridge.
Background: This series marks a fitting tribute to the life and work of Professor Sir Sam Edwards FRS, one of the great scientific minds of the 20th Century. Sir Sam played a pivotal role in bringing advances in the physical sciences to bear on major industrial problems. His fundamental contributions to soft matter theory ranged from polymer melts, through gels, colloids, granular materials and glasses through to optimisation problems.
29 August – 1 September 2017: Addressing metastability in interfacial phenomena across multiple time and length scales
This CECAM workshop brings together theoreticians, simulators, and experimentalists dealing with multiscale aspects of interfacial systems. It will take place at the CECAM headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. A tentative list of speakers includes:
Carlo Massimo Casciola (University of Rome I "La Sapienza")
Antonio Checco (Stony Brook)
Siegfried Dietrich (Max-Planck-Insitute for Intelligent Systems)
Graeme Henkelman (Austin University)
Stephan Herminghaus (Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization)
Lucio Isa (ETH Zurich)
Jim Lutsko (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Samy Merabia (University of Lyon I)
Marcus Müller (University of Goettingen)
Frieder Mugele (University of Twente)
Ignacio Pagonabarraga (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
Weiqing Ren (National University of Singapore)
Eduardo Sanz (University Complutense of Madrid)
Richard Sear (University of Surrey)
Gareth Tribello (Queen's University Belfast)
Doris Vollmer (Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research)
Gary Wells (Northumbria University)
Julia Yeomans (Oxford University)
The workshop is now open to submissions of abstracts for posters and contributed talks. The deadline for submission is 1 July 2017. Please feel free to circulate this announcement to potentially interested colleagues. More details about the workshop can be found on the website.
Organisers: Alberto Giacomello (Rome, Italy), Halim Kusumaatmaja (Durham, UK), Simone Meloni (Rome, Italy)
25 May 2017: Seminar and Lunch: Drs Koopmans and Hofmann
13.00-14.30 Chemistry Department CG141
13.00 Lunch prior to seminar
13.30 Soft Matter: A Case for Self-Assembling Peptides, Dr Rudy Koopmans (abstract below)
14.00 Dr Sandra Hofmann
Abstract: Soft Matter: A Case for Self-Assembling Peptides, Dr Rudy Koopmans: Taking the long term view, materials of the future need to be conceived based on renewable natural principles. Peptides and proteins are functional oligomers and polymers par excellence demonstrating how their self-organisation capability enables the construction, from the bottom-up, of functional materials with unique performance characteristics. A few examples are presented.
Please register (by email to firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to attend.
13 April 2017: Workshop on 3D printing of soft and biological matter
12–2pm, James Knot Library, Physics Department
This joint workshop with the Biological Sciences Institute aims to explore the use of 3D printing in soft biological matter research in Durham. The event is a part of a University-EPSRC seedcorn award, which aims to identify common areas of interest in Durham and build a simple instrument to gather preliminary results needed for a future full grant application.
12 April 2017: GRAPOL one-day Conference on Polymer Nanocomposites
As part of the Grapol (Engineering Innovation in Graphene Polymer Nanocomposites) project, we are organising a one-day meeting in London on 12 April 2017.
|Registration and refreshments (posters can be mounted during registration)|
|10:00||Welcome address Dr Michael P Weir, University of Sheffield|
|Chair: Dr Michael P Weir, University of Sheffield|
|10:00-10:50||"Graphene Nanocomposites - Grapol"|
|Professor Karl Coleman, Durham University|
|10:50-11:10||Refreshments, posters and networking|
|11:10-11:50||"2D Reinforced Nanocomposites: Taking fundemental micro mechanics to bulk composites."|
|Professor Ian Kinloch, The University of Manchester|
|11:50-12:30||"Polymer-graphene nanocomposites for engineering and biomedical applications"|
|Dr Joao Cabral, Imperial College London|
|12:30-13:45||Lunch, posters and networking|
|Chair: Dr Richard Thompson, Durham University|
|13:45-14:25||"Polymer-graphene nanocomposites for engineering and biomedical applications"|
|Dr Biqiong Chen, University of Sheffield|
|14:25-15:05||Interface control in polymer nanocomposites|
|Professor Dr Philippe Dubois, National Composite Centre of Luxembourg|
|15:05-15:20||Refreshments, posters and networking|
|15:20-16:00||“Creating material change: graphene enhanced polymers and polymer composites”|
|Dr Matthew Thornton, HaydaleCS|
|16:00||Prize announcement, closing remarks and organisers acknowledgements|
For further details and registration, click on this IOP conference link.
Organisers: Dr Richard Thompson and Dr Mike Weir